The Cashew Export Promotion Council of India or CEPC or CEPCI was set up by the Government of India in 1955, with the active cooperation of the cashew industry with the object of promoting exports of cashew kernels and cashew nut shell liquid from India. It is headquartered in Mundakkal in the city of Kollam, Kerala. The Council works as an intermediary between importers of cashew kernels and exporters who are members of the council. The council is also supposed to deal with any matters on exports or imports arising on account of quality standards, breach of contractual obligations, etc. It is responsible for numerous activities, such as organizing global buyer-seller meets, organizing studies on the nutritional aspects of cashew and providing support to cashew processors and exporters for enhancing infrastructure.
Cashew export business in India
India is on top nowadays in exporting cashew kernels and cashew nut shell liquid (CNSL). Foreign exchange gained by the country through export of cashew kernels during 2011–12 touched Rs.4,390 crore as per statistics of Cashew Export Promotion Council of India. 1.31 lakh tonnes of the kernel were exported in 2011–12; 80% of India’s export quality cashew kernels are prepared in Kollam. United States of America (USA) is the largest importer of cashew kernel from India (47,611 tonnes during 2011-12 for a cost of Rs.1,470.47 crore).
They are the largest importer of CNSL from India. United Arab Emirates (UAE) stood second in kernel import (14,173 tonnes during 2011-12 for a cost of Rs.606.11 crore). Other major importers were Netherlands, Japan, Saudi, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Singapore, Italy, Greece, Australia, Kuwait, Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Canada, Thailand, Russia, Norway, Syria, and Hong Kong. CEPCI is expecting a rise in export, i.e. 275,000 tonnes by 2020, a growth of 120 percent over the present exports.
CEPC Laboratory and Technical Division
The CEPC Laboratory and Technical Division were set up by The Cashew Export Promotion Council of India (CEPC) in 1997. It is situated at Cashew Bhavan, Mundakkal, Kollam city. The lab is capable to do food products testing, water testing, and other quality-based testing facilities. They also offer consultancy services to the food processing industry and field analysis. There is a plan to establish a quarantine facility and a cashew testing lab at the Kollam Port with the support of the Cashew Export Promotion Council.
- Analytical equipment
- Research facilities
- Microbiology Department
- Chemistry Department
- Biotechnology Department